Pope Francis talks about the diocese of Arecibo: ‘its struggle is not over’

The Pope Francisco Talk about the situation that catholic church In Puerto Rico, particularly the Diocese of Areciboafter removing Archbishop Daniel Fernandez TorresAt a hearing, he admitted it “Their struggle is not over.” And pressure does not help discrimination.

Private conversation where he revealed that ‘Comes to mind’ Diocese of Northern Puerto Rico This took place in the context of a meeting with the directors of the European cultural magazines of the Society of Jesus in the library of the Apostolic Palace. The meeting took place on May 19, but the Italian magazine La Civalta Cattolica did not finish until today, Post the dialogue.

During the meeting, Pope Francis was asked about the issue of the Diocese of Cologne, Germany, whose archbishop submitted his letter of resignation after questioning his handling of sexual assault cases.

The Pope indicated that he had asked the Cardinal for a letter of resignation, Rainer Maria Wilkie. “He did and gave it to me. He wrote a letter of apology to the diocese. I left him in office to see what would happen, but I am in the hands of his resignation.”commented.

Pope Francis also asked Fernandez Torres to resign in October 2021, but he refused, unlike the German cardinal.Who continues in office amid the crisis faced by that diocese.

With this context about bishop banishment and disputes, Francis explained: “What happens is that there are many pressure groups, and under pressure you can’t differentiate”. He immediately added: “I don’t think Cologne is the only diocese in the world that has conflicts. I treat it like any other diocese in the world has conflicts.” One unfinished conflict comes to mind: Arecibo, in Puerto Rico. It has been that way for years. There are many parishes like this.”

“The fact that there are different points of view is a good thing. The problem is when there is pressure. It doesn’t help.also pointed out.

Their expressions coincide with a request by a group of supporters of Monsignor Fernandez Torres to reinstate him. In addition, Monday afternoon, conservative Catholic media View ACI Press An alleged letter from a group of legal advisors to the titular bishop, delivered to Pope Francis ‘for weeks’ and still without an official response from Vatican City.

According to the press review, Pope Francis was told in the correspondence that the reasons for removing the publication were never explained in detail, while indirectly blaming the Archbishop of San JuanAnd the Robert Gonzalez NevesBy decision of the Holy See.

ACI Prensa had access to the document sent by Fernandez Torres – which the Catholic Church usually grants privilege of secrecy – as well as the letter included as an attachment. It’s a message sent by Gonzalez Neves in September 2009in which he explained to the apostolic delegate at the time, Joseph Wisowski, his view that Fernández Torres needed to “mature in the process of episcopal formation” before he could be appointed to the diocese of Arecibo. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fernandez Torres Bishop of Arecibo in September 2010.

Divisions abound in the Church

During the meeting with the directors of Jesuit magazines, Pope Francis also spoke of the divisions that have arisen in the Catholic Church with a sector of the Curia that does not accept the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. This council was convened in 1965 with the aim of modernizing governance and pastoral patterns. He introduced, for example, episcopal conferences and encouraged collective decision-making.

“The present problem of the Church is precisely the inadmissibility of the Council.”noted the pope, who meditated on the post-council period where some clergy considered themselves “true orthodox” and opposed those who practiced a more evangelistic spirit.

“Why am I telling you this story? until they understand what the post-council period was like. This is happening again especially with traditionalists.” Francis noted.

new day In May he reported that Fernández Torres had, for the past 12 years, been the only member of the Puerto Rican Bishops’ Conference to object to the signing of letters from that body. Bishop relieved Refuse to sign nine of 24 characters and messages, no third party.

This newspaper reviewed another related issue that more than 20 years ago, the Vatican – in the time of Pope John Paul II – asked the bishops of Puerto Rico to hold a joint symposium. Ponce was eventually chosen. When Fernández Torres took office in October 2010, he withdrew the seminarians from Ponce, as well as the priests from his diocese who had served as professors. In 2012, he opened a seminary in Navarra, Spain, where young people were trained according to the traditional system of Opus Dei.

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